- The Pretense of Neutrality: Twitter, Digital Liter – – (none)
- Spell-Check Nation – Decorum conceals power, calls for its return are calling for no less than a return to that power.
> Propriety, so it goes, makes the community; it brings the white folk together. But too often they mistake their binds for bandage. A wound wrapped twice is still a wound. Shame on the fools who believe themselves safe. The incision is deep, and being made deeper still. – (politics trump rhetoric )
- Labour Party Manifesto 2017 – – (rhetoric polemic politics )
Most of what we think of as culture is little more than the unquestioning acceptance of standardized values.
Irvins, Prints and Visual Communication
In the middle years of the seventeenth century Roger Crab of Bethnal Green subsisted on “dock-leaves, mallows or grasse” and plain water, while in the late twentieth century Stanley Green, wearing cap and blazer, paraded in Oxford Street with a banner proclaiming “Less Passion from Less Protein.” For twenty-five years, crowds swirled about him, almost oblivious of his presence, engaged only in their usual uproar.
from “London: A Biography” by Peter Ackroyd
In argument, while motive and disposition might be interesting to study, they are of less interest than the stated positions.
Of course, a person may have all kinds of motives for adopting, questioning, rejecting, defending, or attacking a particular standpoint in a particular manner, but the only thing that person can really be held to is what he or she has, whether directly or indirectly, said or written. That is why it is not the internal reasoning processes and inner convictions of those involved in resolving a difference of opinion that are of primary importance to argumentation theory, but the positions these people express or project in their speech acts. Instead of concentrating on the psychological dispositions of the language users involved in the resolution process, we concentrate primarily on their commitments, as they are externalized in, or can be externalized from, the discourse or text. 54
from Eemeren and Grootendorst, Systematic Theory of Argumentation.
- What Is Seth Abramson Trying to Tell Us? – The Chronicle of Higher Education – – (digital rhetoric )
- No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there | Rutger Bregman | Opinion | The Guardian – We won't mention names. That would be indelicate. Rentiers require a low profile. "growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue…. The fact of the matter is that feudalism has been democratised. To a lesser or greater extent, we are all depending on handouts. En masse, we have been made complicit in this exploitation by the rentier elite, resulting in a political covenant between the rich rent-seekers and the homeowners and retirees." – (socialism rhetoric socialpractices utopia argument )
- 3 types of useful Atom text editor packages for writers – – (none)
- Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers – What? Be skeptical? Another country heard from.
"Facebook's list reflects the prudishness of the American news media it is now trying to please, where reporters take a vow of holy objectivity."
"Fundamentally … Facebook, and Silicon Valley, doesn't want to hold a mirror to itself and its role in the clickbait content economy, which is the only economic model it wants to pursue." – (facebook rhetoric )
- Predicting Financial Crime: Augmenting the Predictive Policing Arsenal Brian Clifton1, Sam Lavigne1, and Francis Tseng1 – It's about time: crime predicition algorithms used to map $$ crime. This is the paper behind the app behind the scenes. I feel safe now. I feel as safe as houses. How do you feel? – (ethics art rhetoric algorithms )
- 100 days of gibberish – Trump has weaponised nonsense – > Without language, there is no accountability, no standard of truth. If Trump never says anything concrete, he never has to do anything concrete. If Trump never makes a statement of commitment, Trump supporters never have to confront what they really voted for. If his promises are vague to the point of opacity, Trump cannot be criticised for breaking them. – (politics rhetoric trump )
The language of the upper echelons of leadership is digitalization… Otherwise, commands and censures, those two antisymmetrical instruments of leadership, could not be communicated. KIttler, Gramophone, 249-50.
Leadership requests strengths and weaknesses from advisory committees as a way to filter out the “accidental noise” of culture for “an absolute all-or-none organ.” The trench-warfare irony is that the advisory committee becomes the filter of their own instruments. They become the noise that is filtered. Complicit.
- Trump’s AP interview, annotated – The Washington Post – – (none)
- Transcript of AP interview with Trump Apr 2017 – Because words count. – (politics corpus transcript )
- Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools? – The New York Times – > Trump’s playbook should be familiar to any student of critical theory and philosophy. It often feels like Trump has stolen our ideas and weaponized them.
The struggle of writing against the image – historical consciousness against magic – runs throughout history. With writing, a new ability was born called ‘conceptual thinking’ which consisted of abstracting lines from surfaces, i.e. producing and decoding them. Conceptual thought is more abstract than imaginative thought as all dimensions are abstracted from phenomena – with the exception of straight lines. Thus with the invention of writing, human beings took one step further back from the world. Texts do not signify the world; they signify the images they tear up. Hence, to decode texts means to discover the images signified by them. The intention of texts is to explain images, while that of concepts is to make ideas comprehensible. In this way, texts are a metacode of images.
Flusser, Philosophy of Photography
How would McLuhan respond to this? He might be ok with the idea of struggle. He might be good with conceptual thinking born of writing, as an abstraction from senses. This might be a trace to the spectacle, too, as writing and the writing stand in for the world.
- To Read Well on Screens, Change Your Mindset | Culture Mulching – – (DH dgital_literacy reading_onscreen literacy_practices )
- Annotated Bibliography on Digital Reading | University of California – Berkeley – "annotated bibliography of articles, studies, surveys, and blog posts centered in various ways on the question of how people engage with digital texts " Some are solid, some are potboiler complaints. Range is from pop press to academic work – (DH reading digital_literacy attention_economy )
- Loco Parentis: Another Look at “Unwanted Advances” – The fall of university community and the influence of Title IX. – (none)
- jwz: The Library of Babel – Imagined in diagrams and sketchup. Derive this, my psychogeographical friends. – (none)